#302 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “Come Away from Rush and Hurry”
Come, then, children, with your burdens — life’s confusions, fears, and pain.
Leave them at the cross of Jesus, take instead His kingdom’s reign.
Bring your thirsts, for He will quench them — He alone will satisfy.
All our longings find attainment when to self we gladly die.
From pop culture to Protestant work ethic, from self-realization to prosperity gospel, even the loose cherry-picked readings of some of the New Testament’s “red letter writings” — all over, the universe seems to be sending us a message loud and clear: If you want it, come and get it. Take what you need. The desires of your heart are there for a reason. Seek and you will find. Work for what you want. God wants you to have nice things.
Here’s the thing, though. When we are invited, coaxed, beckoned, called by Jesus to walk in his path, we do hear “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find….For everyone who asks receives.” But I can’t help but look at Jesus’ life among the poor and broken and think that perpetual Christmas morning excess is not what he had in mind. I hear Jesus say, “When you lay down the distraction of what you thought you wanted, you can begin to focus on the real life of the spirit. And I will meet every need. And you will finally be able to stop striving, and running after, and grasping, and resenting. And then, friend, you will know what it is to live.”
Lay down your burdens at the cross.